Peony Rose Virginia Dare

The simple things in life.

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Bred in America by Abraham Newhouse in 1939, this is a variety that has stood the test of time. The single, bright flowers open mid season over deep green, bushy foliage. The clear white petals surround a cluster of gold stamens. This peony stands up to the weather and has a lovely sweet fragrance.

The exotic flowers of Peony Roses have been cherished since the 5th century and during their long and illustrious history, Peonies have been the flower favoured by Emperors and Gods. Fortunately, they are now accessible to the common gardener.

Peonies are vigorous, long lasting garden plants with opulent blooms that make wonderful cut flowers.
Why not spoil yourself and enjoy an abundant spring to summer display of intoxicating loveliness. Peonies look exotic and temperamental and yet they are remarkably hardy and grow well in cool to temperate Australian gardens.
You may have to be patient for at least a year before you can enjoy the flowers of Peony Roses, they resent having their roots disturbed so flowering is delayed, but the wait will be justified for many years to come as they are extremely long lived.
Peony Roses need cold winters (3-5C at least) for best flowers. Peony roses are heavy feeders, so you need to fertilise them regularly. They also like lime, and lot’s of it, so be sure to indulge them.

Code

PELVD

Botantical name

Paeonia lactiflora

Height

70-90cm

Width

60-80cm

Flowers

Spring to Summer

Climate

Cool to Temperate

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

2